Rhode Island protects forest in Hopkinton for recreation
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has permanently protected 58 acres of forest in Hopkinton for public recreational use.
The state Department of Environmental Management says the acquisition preserves critical habitat and provides additional opportunities for hiking, fishing and bird watching.
DEM bought the property for $250,000, with funding provided by the federal wildlife restoration program.
The property abuts the department’s Rockville Management Area and sits within 2,000 acres of contiguous protected land owned by the state, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and The Nature Conservancy that’s open to the public for recreation.
It includes 1,300 feet of frontage on Blue Pond, which was the last remaining unprotected area on the pond.
DEM Director Janet Coit says she’s thrilled they’ve been able to preserve the valuable parcel of property for public recreation.